John R. 'Bob' Lange, CEO of electric company, dies

John R. "Bob" Lange, former CEO of Lange Electric Co. and a volunteer, died Dec. 9 at Maryland Shock Trauma Center of complications from a fall in his Pasadena home. He was 87.

Mr. Lange was born in Baltimore and raised on West Cold Spring Lane. He was a 1941 graduate of Polytechnic Institute.

Mr. Lange worked for Friez Instruments and Bendix Aviation at Aberdeen Proving Ground before enlisting in the Marine Corps during World War II. He served in the Pacific with a radio unit.

After the war, Mr. Lange, who was a master licensed electrician, went to work for Lange Electric Co., an electrical equipment repair and distribution company that had been founded by his father in 1927.

In the late 1950s, he became the firm's CEO, a position he retained until retiring in 1986 from the business, which is still family-owned.

His professional memberships included the Independent Electrical Contractors, and he had been a charter member of the Chesapeake chapter of the Refrigeration Service Engineers Society. During the 1960s, he had been an active member of the Electric Apparatus Service Association.

From 1986 until 1996, Mr. Lange worked for American IV in Shipley, repairing intravenous units.

An outdoorsman, Mr. Lange was a scuba diver and a member of the Maryland Water Bugs. He also enjoyed hiking, boating, camping, skiing, bicycling and traveling.

He volunteered with the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and aboard the restored Liberty ship John W. Brown in the vessel's electrical department. He also was a volunteer ranger at Fort McHenry.

His wife of 49 years, the former Marie Klima, died in 1998.

He was a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of Pasadena, where services were held Monday.

Surviving are two sons, Patrick Lange of Pasadena and Michael Lange of Severna Park; and two granddaughters.

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